Sheffield Wednesday’s Gary Hooper has had an absolutely torrid time with injuries over the past year and a half, but he could be closing in on a return to first-team action.
That’s according to Wednesday fans who have speculated that he may be on the bench for the club when they take on Stoke City this weekend.
This comes after he was left out of the U23s squad to face Ipswich on Tuesday afternoon.
It sparked excitement from some Owls supporters who are eager to see one of their key players finally return to action.
Hooper last played for the club on Boxing Day 2017 and hasn’t been seen anywhere near the first-team frame since.
The 5 ft 9 striker had been vital for the Yorkshire club up to then, having scored ten goals in 24 games during the first half of the 2017/18 season.
The 31-year-old had been nearing a return in September but was then ruled out again with a new issue. He then had to undergo groin surgery in November of last year which ruled him out for another 10 weeks.
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However, 15 months on he may now be about to reappear to aid the club’s late play-off push.
Here’s what Owls fans have been saying.
Hooper on bench on Saturday then???
— Tim Wild (@wildy79) March 26, 2019
Hoping Hooper’s absence might mean some kind of involvement on Sat…?
— Thom (@LoveRocket84) March 26, 2019
@stejroberts hooper must be in the squad for stoke ???
— Danny Smith (@DanSmithSWFC) March 26, 2019
No hooper ?
— Douglas Plenty ?⚽️ (@stoulson1976) March 26, 2019
Its happening @HOOP588 is travelling with the first team Saturday defo WAWAW
— GARY STEERS (@GONZOGAZ) March 26, 2019
— scott cain (@scottcain13) March 26, 2019